The best Advent Calendars!

best advent calendars

Ho Ho Ho! Christmas is getting closer and I am sure we are all in need of some love, little surprises and down time.

And if you read here for a while you must know that Advent Calendars are a must during Christmas Season in my house. The children already asked if we do it the same way we usually do. Let’s see… (I will share more at the end of this article)

Nonetheless, the day the first door will open… it is definitely time to countdown till Christmas and get a little more festive day by day! Do you agree?

I put together a lovely list of some excellent calendars for this year and there is something for everyone. DIY calendars, something for the minimalist, heirloom pieces as well as for Harry Potter fans.

The best Advent Calendars for 2020:

 

christmas advent calendar

Reusable Advent Calendar

What a beautiful fabric Advent Calendar* is an ideal alternative to the traditional boxed calendars. It can be used year after year and passed down through the family. Each pocket can be filled with your own small gifts, chocolates or little messages making it the ideal family Christmas keepsake.

 

hygge village advent calendar

Minimalist paper house advent calendar

Very sweet DIY advent calendar to shorten your wait for Santa. It consists of 24 houses in four different sizes. Once put together you will enjoy a Swedish village that is delightfully understated and makes every minimalist heart skip a beat.
All you need are scissors, a bit of glue and some treats and little gifts to fill the houses.
Pssst, there is a forest version as well!

 

fabric advent calendar

Fabric Advent Calendar

Each pocket of this Calendar* is beautifully embroidered with a number and is the perfect place to pop a little gift or message, creating a magical moment each morning. The pockets are made with gussets so they are big enough for a couple of smaller gifts or one a little bigger.

 

santa advent calendar boxes

Santa shaped Christmas advent boxes

Cute Santa advent calendar. Simply pop up the boxes and fill them with sweets and other little treats. Overall, each pack includes 24 boxes and 1 sticker sheet to assemble your own advent calendar.

 

christmas tree ornament advent calendar

Advent Calendar with small Christmas ornaments

The Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar can be used year after year. Simply hang the cotton twine under your mantle, down the stairwell or anywhere you wish to spread some Christmas cheer. Place one ornament in each cotton bag, and then tie the bags. Each day, open a new bag and hang the enclosed ornament on your Christmas tree. For a child you may want to add a little chocolate or candy in the bag as well. I love the idea of decorating the tree a little every day. It adds to the sparkle.
The set includes: 25 Hand-Stamped numbered cotton draw string bags, 25 wooden ornaments, 25 lengths of Bakers Twine, and 10ft Natural Cotton Twine to hang.

 

harry potter advent calendar

Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Every day you will get one Harry Potter* item like magic socks, a pencil, badge pin, phone stickers, or tattoos. And many more cool things. This Advent Calendar has been developed under strict adherence to the Warner Bros license.

 

cookie advent calendar

Cookie advent calendar

Yes! This is an edible calendar. And it can be personalised and it exists as a gluten free option too. Beautiful, different, and definitely sweet!

 

wooden heirloom toy advent calendar

Waldorf Toys Advent Calendar

With that wooden advent calendar kit* you might just have the most amazing thing in your playroom this Christmas. Children will enjoy playing with this set for years to come and it will brighten up any mantel or coffee table during the winter holidays when it is eventually outgrown, before being enjoyed again by the next generation.

 

digital download print advent calendar last minute

Printable Advent Calendar

A digital download and perfect for a last minute decision. (make sure to have high quality paper like thick white card stock on hand though!)
All in all, this cute Advent Calendar contains 7 different illustrated house shaped boxes. And is adorned with beautiful winter elements and patterns for your Christmas village.

 

embroidered advent calendar

Embroidered Advent Calendar

Made up of 25 individual embroidered designs each having an embroidered number and cute design as well as backing pieces. This is a DIY calendar.

 

advent calendar bags

Advent Calendar Bags

And these cute linen advent calendar bags can be filled with candy, small toys or lovely notes. You can choose from various linen colours like white, blue, or rose. Next you can choose between stars and Christmas trees prints and between silver and gold colours.
Furthermore, you can also request more bags, different sizes or even get the colours mixed.

 

ornament advent calendar

Ornament Advent Calendar

Unique ornament advent calendar! Comes with 24 laser cut birch ornaments, each hidden behind a red paper door. Simply lift the paper door each day until Christmas to reveal the ornament underneath. Pop and wiggle the ornament out from the surrounding wood, and hang on the tree.

 

Looking for ideas on what to hide in the calendar?

How about: A small chocolate, little box of raisins, a good wish for the day or a silly Christmas joke. Tiny Lego figures or small rubbers and paperclip packs. Small books, glitter glue, hair clips or a clementine…

This year I will take out our Heirloom calendar and fill each day with four little chocolates. Usually I buy tiny gifts and the children take turns. And they each have a chocolate filled calendar as well. But this year is different and with the shops closed I decided to go for chocolates. Easy!

Altogether: I am wishing you a beautiful and relaxing Advent time!

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A contemporary, minimal family home with layers of different textures

minimal family home

This modern family home really takes me a little bit out of London in November. And right into a bit of a vacation feel with blue skies and crisp outdoor living!

We are in Perth today and visit the home of Erica Zuccala and her husband Peter, together with their children Aniela and Dominic. In a temporary family home that uses lots of white and materials like leather, timber, stone and metals to achieve a raw style.

What makes this place so great is the mix of grey concrete and matte black accents clashing with woven pendants, textured rugs, and soft furnishings to add warmth to the interior.

So inspiring!

And, as usual, we will start the home tour with the children’s rooms:

boho girls room

boho girls room

boho girls room

boho girls room
Cute boho room for a girl! And the wallpaper is another great way to soften the raw look of the house.

If you are looking for similar wall hangings – please have a look at this beautiful online shop*.

 

boho girls room

‘I’d describe my personal interior style as contemporary, minimal with a touch of texture. I love using different finishes in my furniture and home. Concrete rendered walls, raw timbers, lots of greenery to keep things fresh. And muted colour tones make an appearance. We have a lot of white walls so I include warming details to tone down the starkness.’ Erica says about her home

Now, let’s have a look at the rest of the house:

minimal family home

minimal family home

minimal family home
Indeed, plants really give this place something fresh and natural. And I totally agree with Erica – plants are a must in every home. They just add such a great atmoshphere and dimension.

More family interiors from Down Under?

Happy Tuesday!

 

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Space saving storage solutions for tiny children’s rooms

Space saving storage solutions for tiny children's rooms

Tell me, how often were you thinking about moving to a place with more space over the last months? Probably more than once.

But you are still in the same spot? Moving into a bigger home is not always the first solution. Because of friends, the school your child is loving so much, the commute you may have to do again one day, and other factors. They all make you want to look into space-saving solutions instead of moving.

And figuring out lovely and practical storage ideas for your kids’ rooms can be a challenge. The confrontation of making the most of toys and kids stuff can be called a design challenge. That is why I am sharing some space-saving storage solutions for tiny children’s rooms with you today.

You probably did some de-cluttering already during one of the rainy weekends. And that is a great starting point to get the storage situation off the ground. Kids room storage solutions will help you to maximise floor space for play and to give the most beautiful things room to shine.

Here are great as well as practical storage solutions for your kids’ rooms that you can re-create in your own home straight away:

simple-kids-room
Image: Minishow

Keep it Simple

The beginning of a good and organised room is a simple layout. Bright, neutral colours will open up any small space and make it more welcoming. Do not overthink and over-design, but make sure it is functional for a child. And what does it really need? Keep storage containers low and easy to access. And give everything a dedicated spot to make it easy to get tidied up.

 
kids room shelves
Image: Rafa Kids

Shelves

Shelves are excellent for displaying your child’s most beautiful possessions. Be careful: Too many open shelves can make a room feel chaotic. It is better to use some great, coordinating boxes and containers on shelves to unify the look, or use shelves with doors.

Low shelves are easily accessible and great for toys that are played with often. Alternative book storage comes in the form of picture ledges, which are fun to line a little reading nook with.

Here are 8 ideas for children’s bookshelves!

 

multifunctional furniture
Image: Cuckooland

Invest in multifunctional furniture

Every little thing can make a big difference in a small room. And some pieces of furniture can actually do several jobs. A desk can be a bedside table and a stool can include a storage function for example.
A bunk bed is the best space saving thing there is for shared rooms. But, not only. It can also be very useful for small rooms in general. Underneath you can create a desk area or play corner, creating more free space for the rest of the room. Elevated beds with built-in storage are excellent as well.

Great children workspaces

 
kids room storage solutions
Image: Apartment Therapy

Make the most of the height of the room

All you want in a kids room is to have some floor space so the little ones can play. Remeber the first points about keeping your room simple and investing in multifunctional furniture. Now: We go up!
Put shelves all the way up the wall, there is always something you do not need every day and can be stored on the top.
However, keep things simple here as well. And do not overload your shelves or the room will look cramped and unorganised, not something your child will feel inspired in.

More storage ideas for children’s rooms

 

under window seat and storage kids
Image: Project Nursery

Dual utility

Window seats perfectly utilise the small space underneath a window and offer seating. Now how about combing that with some storage space? A wall-to-wall window seat doubles as an easy-access bookshelf and is looking neat.

5 smart ideas for small children’s rooms

 

woven baskets toy storage
Image: Studio McGee

Baskets, boxes & co

Woven baskets can be a great way to keep a variety of toys or books in order. They also look fabulous and add texture and warmth to a room. Alternatively, there is often room for a toy box or trunk at the end of the bed and could be used as a chair or table sometimes as well. And a child-sized clothing rail is a fun way of storing and displaying dress-up items.

Have fun organising!

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30 incredible things for your November!

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Yes! 30 incredible things I have for you. Things that have been waiting for you and that I am so happy to finally share.

This week I realised that the upcoming months may be not as easy and nonchalant as I hoped and wished they would be. Little Josephine will be home for an extra week because of a positive Covid case. And that really was the eye opener how quick things can change.

How quick we are housebound and have to change plans. And even so these plans were nothing spectacular seeing the circumstances, they still were something we were all looking forward to.

Now, lets keep the chin up and hope for the best and make the best out of every day. And pssst, I already included some gift ideas for the upcoming festive season. Enjoy!

With a little help, well 30 little helpers, right here:

 

Creative Colorful Family Apartment Copenhagen

Creative Colorful Family Apartment Copenhagen
Creative and colourful family apartment in Copenhagen. Such a fun kids room.

 

What is an algorithm? Mashable

 

hand painted candles
The most gorgeous candles! Hand painted!

 

Just the best beanies* for this winter.

 

embroidered flowers name hoops

kids room wall tapestry

lion head kids room decor

kids room wall tapestry
Gift ideas: I should have given a full article to Katharina’s designs*. But I only realised that when I put together this list. And then I just really wanted to share this with you. Wall tapestry, beautiful name hoops embroidered with dried flowers or a sweet lion. Love it all!

 

A very real Kate Winslet. Great interview!

 

the problem with pierre

the pocket chaotic
Books:
The problem with Pierre
A fussy cat ruffles the feathers of two neighbours who couldn’t be more different…

The pocket chaotic
Alexander’s mum keeps putting stuff in her pocket… and it’s driving him CRAZY!

 

Oh yes, I watched Selling Sunset. First for the properties… and then for the very light entertainment.

 

modern barcelona apartment
Dream house in Barcelona! Look at those windows and floors – extraordinary.

 

Lego X Adidas

 

interior fairy lights
Short days. dark days, gloomy days – add some sparkle to your home and give yourself a little boost. Cosy and inviting and such a great selection of lights* for all corners of your house.

 

Another proof that avocado is the best!

 

schneid studio
Schneid Studio!

 

21 daily podcasts for your morning routine.

 

dollhouse suitcase
Gift idea: Dollhouse suitcases*. To carry around and bring wherever you go!

 

Are you, or your kids, eating vitamin gummies?

 

aga kitchen
An amazing Victorian house in Kent with a Scandinavian touch and so many great details and elements.

 

Let the kids be in charge!

 

artipoppe baby carrier
Artipoppe is not just a baby carrier — it’s a lifestyle that unites women, inspiring them to trust their instincts and embrace imperfections.

 

I am a fan of rosehip oil. And you?
Find out what it does to your skin.

 

hamimi-crocheted-pendant-light
For your own wishlist: These crochet pendant lamp shades* will give every room a special feel!

 

Wedding dress* envy!

 

stars moon mobile
Stars & Moon mobile*!

 

Gift idea for your best friend: Hand-crafted wooden home wares and jewelry*.

 

personalised christmas stocking
And to finish, I am going A L L Christmas! Personalised Christmas stockings*.

 

This little owl woodland print* is the cutest. And so perfect for this season!

 

Have a great weekend, enjoy a quiet Halloween, and stay healthy!

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Playful and contemporary designs for the kids’ room

studio loco

In London we are enjoying a very gloomy day with nonstop rain. Therefore I needed to share something to cheer myself and everyone in the same position up! And, if I may say so, I am pretty sure that I nailed it with today’s selection.

Studio Loco is a Belgian home decor brand that brings some quirky, interesting and stylish pieces to the children’s rooms around the world.
The cool name comes from founder Nathalie’s children, Louise and Colette by the way.

And her mission is to inspire children and encouraging creativity.

What can we find? Super fun and encouraging prints, a cute range of homeware and, my favourites, some really awesome tapestry*. The beauty of tapestry is its versatility. Either hang it on wall, use it as a bedspread, or even as a floor mat – your house, your choice!

 

Now, let’s have a closer look what captures a child’s carefree sense of adventure and imagination:

 

studio loco

studio loco

studio loco

studio loco

studio loco

studio loco
And? Everything puts a little smile on your face, does it?

From rainbows, to important messages, over to jolly friends. I think the link between being playful and made for children and including awareness is beautiful!

More decor inspiration wanted? I have these dreamy accessories or some sunshine accessories for the kids room for you!

 

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